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The Bay of Islands bus pass takes you from Auckland to Paihia in the 'winterless north'. Here you will find the beautiful Bay of Islands, with its 144 islands and amazing beaches. The place has an awesome selection of water and land based adventure activities. Take the opportunity to go fishing, sailing, dolphin swimming, nature walking, or just relax on one of the great beaches in the area.​​​

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Bay of IslandsBay of Islands 2 days to the 'winterless north' Bay of Islands.Worth (NZ): $115

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  • Sandboarding, Cape Reinga
  • Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
  • Marae Tour of Whangara, East Coast
  • Secrets of Bungy, Queenstown - worth $20!
  • Milford Explorer including 2 hour boat cruise, worth $119!
  • Paua Factory, Riverton
  • Karangahake Gorge
  • Ruakuri Walk
  • Taranaki Falls
  • Cape Foulwind
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Lake Matheson
  • Deep South (incl. Milford Explorer), worth $415!
  • Bay of Islands, worth $115
  • Bay & Cape, worth $225!
  • 2 hour boat cruise worth $125
 

Pass Itinerary

  • Rotorua to Waitomo

    An early start from Rotorua this morning then a short trip to Waitomo Caves (Wai meaning water, tomo meaning caves). The local caves, hiding under the green Waitomo countryside, are made out of limestone, which is basically very old dead fish (in this case about 40 million years old). We spend the afternoon checking out Marokopa Falls (3rd largest falls in NZ), the 'Natural Bridge' and Ruakuri reserve. Apart from glow-worms in caves you may see stalactites, stalagmites, cave coral, rock sculptures, fossil oysters and fossil whalebones.

     Rotorua to Waitomo Rotorua to Waitomo
  • Christchurch to Kaikoura again!

    Get up close and personal with some of New Zealand’s most unique wildlife

    We start early today and head north from Christchurch across the northern Canterbury Plains. After a quick breakfast break in Cheviot, we continue into Kaikoura (kai – to eat, koura – crayfish). Talk to your driver about some of the amazing experiences you can do in this spectacular harbour including whale watching, fishing, or swim with the dolphins or seals. Alternatively, walk down to the local seal colony and get up close and personal with some furry locals.

     Christchurch to Kaikoura Christchurch to Kaikoura
  • Taupo to Rotorua

    Head to the Maori culture capital of New Zealand

    This morning we head north to Rotorua (this is just a drop off and pickup point heading north bound). You will need to jump off here so you have time to do your Waitomo wander day trip. Rotorua is filled with lots of exciting activities and is renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity in the area. If you are a lord of the rings nut you can do a day trip to Hobbiton to check out the movie set or you can go along to a farm show, go Zorbing, luging, and try out a crazy activity or two at Agroventures. In the evening you can experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Tours – a night not to be missed! Or if you really feel like getting the full Maori experience you can enjoy a unique overnight stay in a Marae after the show.

     Rotorua mudpools Rotorua mudpools
  • Waitomo to Rotorua or Taupo

    We leave at late today so that you have time to experience the legendary Black Water Rafting in the morning with either the Labyrinth or Abyss trips! Alternatively, check out the brand new Ruakuri cave which is an engineering masterpiece.

    Heading to Rotorua? No worries. We get you there in time to take part in Tamaki Tours world class Maori concert and hangi (traditional Maori cooked food) experiences. Or, if you’d rather, soak up the atmosphere in one of the many hot springs in the area!!!

    Heading to Taupo? No worries. Apart from the natural geothermal features of the surrounding area, Taupo is fast becoming known as the action adventure capital of the north. Activities include skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, walking the Tongariro Crossing (one of the best one day walks in the world!), trout fishing and more...

     Skydive Taupo Skydive Taupo
  • Rotorua to Waitomo to Rotorua (Waitomo Wanderer)

    Experience the wonder of Waitomo with this one day trip departing from Rotorua.

    We leave nice an early to ensure we get you to Waitomo nice and early (wai meaning water, tomo meaning waterhole). If you are feeling adventurous you can take part in the legendary black water rafting including the Labyrinth which is a three hour caving adventure, seeing glow-worms in caves, stalactites, fossil oysters and tube your way through the underground caves or you can check out the brand new Ruakuri cave which is an engineering masterpiece. That afternoon you will return back to your hostel in Rotorua.

     Rotorua to Waitomo to Rotorua (Waitomo Wanderer) Rotorua to Waitomo to Rotorua (Waitomo Wanderer)
  • Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown

    See amazing views of mirror lakes, mountains and cascading waterfalls on this one day trip.

    Travel through to Milford Sound checking out the most amazing scenery in New Zealand along the way. The day consists of a two hour boat cruise through the Milford Sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best. See the Homer Tunnel, gigantic waterfalls and amazing fiords.

    Your trip will also include a free fresh packed lunch with a sandwich, cheese, fruit, biscuits, juice and tea and coffee so you can picnic where you want on the boat while enjoying the views.

    In summer you have the option to jump off in Milford to spend a night or two. Provided the weather and bank balance permits you have the option of flying back to Queenstown, otherwise it’s back on the  bus to take you back to the adventure capital. A hot buffet lunch can be purchased as an optional extra.

     Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Rotorua to Auckland

    The coach will pick you up on route from Taupo late morning. We will make a quick lunch stop in Matamata (AKA Hobbiton) – feel free to jump off here.

    We will then carry on up to New Zealand’s biggest city – Auckland! You driver can recommend a few cool things to doing during your stay in the “City of Sails”. 

    This is where our Kiwi Experience office is located so feel free to pop down and see us and we can sort you out with onward bookings, merchandise or any questions you might have.

     Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
  • Invercargill to Milford Sound to Queenstown (Bottom Bus Day 3)

    Travel through to Milford Sound checking out the most amazing scenery in New Zealand along the way. The day includes a 1 hour 45min boat cruise through the sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best. See the Homer Tunnel, gigantic waterfalls and amazing fiords. See the Homer Tunnel, gigantic waterfalls and amazing fiords. If you have the time jump off in Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and home to a stunning lake, and/or in Milford Sound to spend a night or two. Provided the weather and bank balance permits you have the option of flying back to Queenstown, otherwise the Kiwi Experience bus will take you back to the adventure capital.

     Invercargill to Milford Sound to Queenstown Invercargill to Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Dunedin to Invercargill (Bottom Bus Day 2)

    The Catlins is probably as far south as you may ever go. Travel through awesome native forest, sandy beaches and see rare wildlife. The might of the New Zealand sea-lion (New Zealand’s largest native mammal) is a real highlight as are the many short walks to the Catlins natural attractions, which includes a 180 million year-old fossilised forest (where you are also likely to see Yellow-eyed penguins returning from a hard days fishing). The night is spent in Invercargill, home of the world’s fastest Indian and Henry the tuatara!
    Here you have the choice to hop over to Stewart Island – it’s definitely worth the visit, an island paradise with a kiwi (bird) population 100 times that of the kiwi (human) one.

     Seal colony, Catlin's New Zealand Seal colony, Catlin's New Zealand
  • Queenstown to Dunedin (Bottom Bus Day 1)

    We head towards the east coast via the massive Clyde Hydro Dam and the Central Otago fruit growing basin. Dunedin is famous for its student activity, being home to 20,000 plus students at Otago University, the city is also well known for its Scottish heritage. On arrival we do a city tour including a visit to Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street and in the evening there is an option to visit another icon of Dunedin, the Speights Brewery with one of their tours and tastings!

     Rugby game, Dunedin New Zealand Rugby game, Dunedin New Zealand
  • Te Kaha to Rotorua or Taupo (East As Day 4)

    Departing Te Kaha we follow the coastline to Opotiki and on to Whakatane. If you’re interested in staying for a few nights can take a boat cruise out to Whakaari (White Island), New Zealand’s most active volcano.

    We then head inland via the lake districts and back in to Rotorua and Taupo so you can continue the rest of your Kiwi Experience.

     Te Kaha to Rotorua or Taupo (East As) Te Kaha to Rotorua or Taupo (East As)
  • Rangitukia to Te Kaha (East As Day 3)

    For those interested in being among the first in the world to see in the new day, there is a short track you can take to the top of a nearby hill to watch the sun rise over the horizon. After this you can either take a 1 hour follow up ride and try out another of the fantastic horses at the farm or use this opportunity to rest up for the day ahead.

    Once we leave Rangitukia, we ravel along the coast stopping to take in some stunning scenery before heading to the Te Kaha Homestead Lodge.

    The Homestead is situated in the most amazing spot right on the beach that has to be seen to be believed. Once welcomed into Te Whanau a Apanui (the local tribe) you can then slip into the life style that keeps us coming back. Relax in the hot tub overlooking the ocean and watch the sun disappear with a glass of wine, and then join us for a few drinks and a session of ‘International Idol’ with Chey and his whanau (family).

     Rangitukia to Te Keha Rangitukia to Te Keha
  • Tatapouri to Rangitukia (East As Day 2)

    We leave Tatapouri and meander along the stunning east coast onto Whangara, one of the most culturally and historically significant places on the East Coast and where the movie ‘Whale Rider’ was filmed. It is here that you will be given a full tour of the Marae by one of the local people and explained the history of this very special place.

    Once we leave Whangara, we head up the coast to Tologa Bay and New Zealand’s longest wharf. Then we arrive at Rangitukia around 2.30pm so you have plenty of time to go on one of New Zealand’s best horse treks or learn the art of bone carving.

    the farmstay and get a feel for the ‘East As’ way of life.

     Tatapouri to Rangitukia Tatapouri to Rangitukia
  • Rotorua or Taupo to Tatapouri (East As Day 1)

    Travel from Rotorua or Taupo we then head east via Gisborne to Tatapouri. Hop off in Gisborne if you want or carry on through to our stop for the day, Tatapouri.

    There is a huge range of activities you can choose from including rock sliding, surf lessons/ board hire, stingray feeding, and in the summer months shark cage diving. Our hosts Chris and Dean are the newest members of the East As whanau and their home in Tatapouri is one place you will never forget.

     Rotorua to Taupo to Tatapouri (East As) Rotorua to Taupo to Tatapouri (East As)
  • Kaikoura to Kaiteriteri

    Travel though New Zealand’s most renowned winery region.

    We head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive, and we may take the opportunity to stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks all day long. We make our way to Picton and then to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can simply wile away the evening on the golden sand beach just metres from your accommodation. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park.

     Kaikoura to Kaiteriteri Kaikoura to Kaiteriteri
  • Christchurch to Franz Josef

    Treat yourself to the infamous Tranz Alpine train trip as part of your Kiwi Experience!

    Catch the Tranz Alpine train across the spectacular Southern Alps, before meeting the Kiwi Experience bus in Greymouth.

     Christchurch to Franz Josef Christchurch to Franz Josef
  • Paihia to Auckland

    Squeeze in those activities you haven’t completed yet before heading back to Auckland

    Departing late afternoon, you have the best part of the day to experience one of the many activities on offer in the Bay, or simply chill on the beach with a good book.  The drive back to the “big smoke”, which us Kiwis affectionately call Auckland, is relaxed and we have you back in the city in time to find some dinner and hit the town.

     Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
  • Paihia to Cape Reinga to Paihia

    Don’t miss this awesome day trip to the very top of New Zealand.

    Roll yourself out of bed and be prepared for an action packed day up to Cape Reinga. This area is sacred to the Maori people and the day trip to Cape Reinga is a MUST DO. The day is full of walks and free activities.  Drive along 90 Mile Beach, see huge kauri trees, body board down the gigantic sand dunes, view the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean clashing, gather shellfish on the beach, and experience one of New Zealand’s best fish ‘n’ chip shops!

     Cape Reinga lighthouse, Northland New Zealand Cape Reinga lighthouse, Northland New Zealand
  • Auckland to Paihia (Bay Of Islands)

    Take a trip to the winterless north and pack as much as you can into a weekend!

    We arrive in the Bay of Islands around midday and check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including the historical location of Waitangi. Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its clear water, huge kauri forests, and 144 islands to explore you will soon see why Kiwi Experience heads up north. Swim with the dolphins, experience the Excitor Fast Boat, ride out to the famous hole in the rock, or go kayaking, sailing, fishing, diving, snorkelling, or just relax on the beach!

     Paihia Wharf, Bay of Islands New Zealand Paihia Wharf, Bay of Islands New Zealand
  • Taupo to Auckland (via Rotorua)

    Hop-off in Rotorua, or head onwards to the ‘City of Sails’.

    This morning we head north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity in the area. After dropping off passengers in Rotorua, who are spending a night or two here, we stop at Kiwi Encounter, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird. Next, we make our way to Matamata (aka Hobbiton). You can jump off here if you’re a Lord of the Rings nut. Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. We call into the Kiwi Experience office for a chance to purchase merchandise, confirm future bookings or extend your trip even further!

     Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour, New Zealand Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour, New Zealand
  • Wellington to Taupo

    The Rangitikei region has beautiful rivers and lakes as well as Lord of the Rings landscapes!

    We’ve got quite a distance to cover today, so we leave early from Wellington to beat the rush hour traffic.  We pass through Taihape, where we drop off and pick up people for River Valley Adventure lodge. Departing Taihape we head to the Central Plateau, home of the Tongariro National Park, where we can drop you off in the township of Turangi if you wish to access it.  Then it’s through to Taupo and if the weather suits, it’s time to skydive!

     Wellington to Taupo Wellington to Taupo
  • Kaikoura to Wellington (via Picton)

    Check out seal colonies and drive along the amazing Kaikoura coastline

    We head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive – voted New Zealand’s best – and we stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks all day long. We make our way to the Picton ferry terminal in time to catch the afternoon sailing to the North Island. Say farewell to the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) and we’re on our way! The ferry ride takes a few hours so chill out and enjoy the view of the amazing Marlborough Sounds!

     Seal colony, near Picton New Zealand Seal colony, near Picton New Zealand
  • Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

    Head to the ‘garden city’ Christchurch.

    We have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand.

     

     Lake Pukaki, South Island New Zealand Lake Pukaki, South Island New Zealand
  • Christchurch to Kaikoura

    Kaikoura is known as one of the best coastal wildlife regions in the world - whales, dolphins and seals!

    Departing Christchurch bright and early, we arrive at Kaikoura in time for you to check out what Kaikoura is most famous for – its whale watching, or swimming with the dolphins or the seals. Spend the evening chilling on the beach or sampling some of the best seafood New Zealand has to offer for your dinner. In fact, the name Kaikoura means to eat Crayfish (“kai” meaning to eat, “koura” meaning crayfish).

     Kaikoura Beach, Kaikoura New Zealand Kaikoura Beach, Kaikoura New Zealand
  • Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

    Head to Lake Tekapo, discover the untouched beauty and crystal clear skies in what's the world's largest dark sky reserve.

    We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone - relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve.

     Lake Tekapo Lake Tekapo
  • Queenstown (extra day)

    We recommend staying an extra night in Queenstown because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.

    Queenstown is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots to hang out in New Zealand.  Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss it would be the day trip to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as New Zealand’s most beautiful spot!

     AJ Hackett Bungy Jump, Queenstown New Zealand AJ Hackett Bungy Jump, Queenstown New Zealand
  • Wanaka - Queenstown

    Adventure capital of New Zealand…and the world!

    It’s only a short drive today through to New Zealand's adventure capital, Queenstown. Highlights include Puzzling World and stopping at the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. On arrival in Queenstown you can book all activities and confirm onward bus travel at Base, as well as get a group photo with all your new West Coast mates.  Then it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!

     Queenstown at night Queenstown at night
  • Franz Josef - Wanaka

    Take the time to chill out by Lake Wanaka.

    We start out early in order to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then cruise down the last stretch of Highway 6, stopping at popular scenic spots along the way. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.

     Franz Josef to Wanaka Franz Josef to Wanaka
  • Franz Josef (extra day)

    We recommend staying an extra night in Franz Josef because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.

    Today is your chance to hike on the Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the top three activities to do in New Zealand, by Kiwi Experience passengers.  You could also take the option of a heli-hike, and be flown up the glacier, or take a more sedate approach and explore the various walks in the area.

     

     Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef Glacier
  • Westport to Franz Josef

    Continue down the West Coast via the world famous ‘Highway 6’ and be treated to some amazing sights.

    Today we cruise down the spectacular Highway 6 that stretches along the rugged Tasman shoreline to Franz Josef. The road winds along diverse landscapes, which never cease to amaze both locals and visitors alike. Highlights include the Cape Foulwind seal colony, rugged beach walks, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the amazing galcier and rainforest hikes in Franz Josef.

     Cape Foulwind beach, West Coast Cape Foulwind beach, West Coast
  • Kaiteriteri to Westport

    Snow-capped mountains and adventure activities on the Buller River

    Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays nearby Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to a one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest.  We stop in the iconic Nelson Lakes on the way so you can get the legendary wharf jumping shot. In Wesport we meet the team from Buller Adventure Tours where you can experience the best value for money jet boating, horse trekking and quad biking in New Zealand.

     Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
  • Wellington to Picton to Kaiteriteri

    Travel across the stunning Cook Strait to the seaside town of Picton, then on to Kaiteriteri where the beautiful golden sand beach is practically on your doorstep.

    You can choose to take the Interislander ferry across to the South Island, through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds; or arrange a flight. Travel via the Pelorous Bridge to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, then on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can simply wile away the evening on the golden sand beach just metres from your accommodation. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park.

     Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
  • River Valley to Wellington

    New Zealand’s capital city is full of culture, cafes and cable cars!

    We head away late after a morning white water rafting or horse riding, and head throughthe rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep.  We arrive in Wellington late in the afternoon. This city is the undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife.  It’s home to the largest cultural attraction in New Zealand, Te Papa Museum, which is well worth a look (and it’s free).

     ble car, Wellington New Zealand ble car, Wellington New Zealand
  • Taupo to River Valley

    Visit Tongariro National Park, take and enjoy some stunning free walks before arriving at River Valley Adventure Lodge

    We head south around the “great lake” towards the Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a two hour walk through native bush and waterfalls. In the afternoon we travel through to the ultimate adventure lodge - River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding, and a small golf course. Spend the evening enjoying the delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.

     Rafting in River Valley, New Zealand Rafting in River Valley, New Zealand
  • Taupo (extra day)

    We recommend staying an extra night in Taupo because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.

    Enjoy a sleep-in (for those not doing the Tongariro Crossing) and experience one of the many activities on offer.  A walk down to Spa Park to relax in the natural hot springs by the river is a great way to spend the day (or night).

     Tongariro National Park, New Zealand Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
  • Rotorua to Taupo

    A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied!

    The first activity of the day is exploring the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser and a chance to see a real live Kiwi bird. The afternoon journey to Taupo includes stop offs to explore the area’s lakes and Taupo’s famous Huka Falls. Taupo is rightly known as the adventure capital of the North Island with optional activities on offer such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, the Volcanic Centre and the spectacular Tongariro Crossing!

     Skydiving Lake Taupo, New Zealand Skydiving Lake Taupo, New Zealand
  • Hot Water Beach to Waitomo

    Check out New Zealand’s gold mining history before travelling on to experience the glow-worms, underwater caves and forest walks of Waitomo.

    After an early start our first stop is the Karangahake Scenic Reserve to explore a native bush-clad gorge, swing bridges and a bit of New Zealand’s gold mining history. Next it’s onto Waitomo (wai meaning water, tomo meaning cave) where you will get the chance to visit world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If you're feeling adventurous, here is your chance to go underground and expereience one of the top rated NZ activities with the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

     Black Water Rafting, Waitomo Black Water Rafting, Waitomo
  • Waitomo to Rotorua

    Last chance to explore Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand.

    We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve and a breakfast stop at the Long Black Café before heading off toward Rotorua. Along the way we will stop at The Shires Rest where you can jump off and take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. Tonight don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae, where you can experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Tours – a night not to be missed!

     Tamaki Tour, Rotorua New Zealand Tamaki Tour, Rotorua New Zealand
  • Auckland to Hot Water Beach

    Spend the afternoon walking or kayaking to Cathedral Cove, or take a surfing lesson at Hot Water Beach!

    After visiting the Kiwi Experience office we head towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove; accessible only on foot or by kayak. This beautiful coastal spot is great for swimming, sea kayaking, and spotting dolphins if you’re lucky. We then carry on to Hot Water Beach (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lonely Planet) where you can take a surfing lesson and head out with your shovel at low tide to dig your own hot pool in the sand.

     Hot Water Beach, New Zealand Hot Water Beach, New Zealand